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Longtime Community Development Executive Ann Hanlon Joins Decide DeKalb Board of Directors

DECATUR, GEORGIA (April 6, 2023) – Decide DeKalb’s Board of Directors has added Ann Hanlon to the board that leads economic development for DeKalb County.

As the executive director of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), Hanlon has been involved in community development in the metro Atlanta region for two decades. She’s currently in charge of PCIDs daily operations, investments in transportation infrastructure and an annual operating budget of more than $10 million.

Previously, she was executive director of the North Fulton CID for 13 years, beginning when it was a start-up. Prior to that, she was a senior program specialist at the Atlanta Regional Commission, and she began her career in the private sector as a research and development analyst with Press Ganey & Associates, a healthcare consulting firm in South Bend, Indiana. 

“Ann has the experience and acumen in economic development that will make her an excellent board member for DeKalb’s economic development authority,” said Don Bolia, Decide DeKalb’s board chair. 

In 2020, Hanlon was appointed by CEO Michael Thurmond to the DeKalb County COVID-19 task force and continues to serve in that capacity as a representative of large business interests in Perimeter during the pandemic.

“A lot of my work has been centered around improving the quality of life in DeKalb County and I’m proud to join the Decide DeKalb board so that I can continue this important work,” Hanlon said.

Hanlon has lent her talents to many boards and received numerous accolades for her work. In 2019, she was the first female board chair of the Council for Quality Growth. Hanlon was appointed by then Gov. Nathan Deal to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority where she serves on the Projects and Planning committees.   She also has been named a “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Transportation Seminar Atlanta Chapter, a “Notable Georgian” by Georgia Trend Magazine, a “Women Who Mean(s) Business”

by Atlanta Business Chronicle, and “40 under 40” twice by Georgia Trend Magazine.

A native of South Georgia, Hanlon has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Government and Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Public Administration degree in Management and Finance from Georgia State University. 

Hanlon also is a volunteer with the Boy Scouts of Metro Atlanta, a member of All Saints Catholic Church and a sustainer with the Junior League of Atlanta. She lives in Dunwoody with her husband, Michael, and their two daughters.

A headshot of Hanlon can be found here.


About Decide DeKalb

Decide DeKalb serves as the primary facilitator of business development and job growth for DeKalb County, Georgia, the state’s fourth most populated county, home to part of the City of Atlanta and, as well as the cities of Decatur, Dunwoody and Brookhaven. Eighty percent of all movies filmed in Georgia are filmed in DeKalb County, also home to Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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